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NVIDIA Volta and Carmel ARM CPU power the US$399 Jetson Xavier NX Nano supercomputer

NVIDIA says that the Jetson Xavier NX is the world's smallest supercomputer for AI applications. (Source: NVIDIA)
NVIDIA says that the Jetson Xavier NX is the world's smallest supercomputer for AI applications. (Source: NVIDIA)
NVIDIA has announced the Jetson Xavier NX that can deliver up to 21 TOPS of computing power for AI applications on the edge. The Jetson Xavier NX is powered by a 384 CUDA and 48 Tensor core Volta GPU and a 6-core Carmel ARM CPU. The entire computer is no bigger than a credit card and will be available in March 2020 for just US$399.

Earlier this week, NVIDIA announced that it is introducing a new addition to its Jetson family, the Jetson Xavier NX. The Jetson Xavier NX is being touted as the "world's smallest, most powerful AI supercomputer for robotic and embedded computing devices at the edge". The Xavier NX can output 21 TOPS of performance using just 15 W of power (14 TOPS at 10 W) in a size no more than a 70 x 45 mm credit card. 

The Jetson Xavier NX uses the same CUDA-X AI and HPC libraries as other Jetson products, which means developers can continue building their machines using an already familiar architecture. The Xavier NX also supports the NVIDIA JetPack SDK, which is a complete AI and deep learning software stack. NVIDIA showed off a few performance numbers in which the Xavier NX aced across popular neural networks thanks to the NVIDIA Volta GPU with 384 CUDA cores and 48 Tensor cores and a 6-core NVIDIA Carmel ARM CPU. 

The Jetson Xavier NX is compatible with many peripherals and sensors and offers a good selection of IOs. NVIDIA says that the Xavier NX is pin-compatible with the Jetson Nano so you can directly upgrade to the NX on a compatible carrier board. Support for AI frameworks such as TensorFlow, PyTorch, MxNet, Caffee, etc. in built-in.

The Jetson Xavier NX will be available from March 2020 for US$399. Developers can also emulate the Xavier NX right away using a software patch for the Jetson AGX Xavier Developer Kit. 

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NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX specifications. (Source: NVIDIA)
NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX specifications. (Source: NVIDIA)
Jetson Xavier NX AI performance. (Source: NVIDIA)
Jetson Xavier NX AI performance. (Source: NVIDIA)

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2019-11-10 (Update: 2019-11-10)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam - News Editor
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.